Frequently Asked Questions
The Connect Bonnie Doon project team has prepared a series of answers to commonly asked questions about the redevelopment.
About The Redevelopment
How large is the site?
31 acres (12.5 hectares).
How long has the mall been there?
The Centre was opened in 1958, and has undergone several expansions and renovations in the past six decades. Today the mall consists of approximately 491,975 square feet of retail/commercial space providing a wide variety of goods and services for the surrounding community.
Why is this site being considered for redevelopment?
Edmonton is one of the fastest growing major cities in Canada and will require a minimum of approximately 150,000 new housing units by 2040. Bonnie Doon Centre is a strong community destination and enjoys a key location fronting on both Whyte Avenue and 83rd Street. The City of Edmonton, in recognition of this strategic location, identified the Bonnie Doon Centre as a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) hub site in their transit plan policies and includes plans for an LRT station located on 83rd Street, abutting the Centre.
The redevelopment of Bonnie Doon to a TOD hub site is a unique opportunity that will provide a mix of higher density uses while helping to implement City Council's vision to facilitate Edmonton's transition to a more sustainable growth pattern and assist the City in achieving its goal of accommodating 25 per cent of all new residential units in mature and core areas.
You can also learn more about redevelopment plans on the City of Edmonton's project page.
How long will construction take?
Construction will commence on a phased basis over the forseeable future subject to market demand. The Bonnie Doon LRT Station is scheduled to open in 2020.
What will happen to the existing retail tenants on the site?
Tenants will accommodated in situ and during later phases may be transitioned to new retail premises onsite.
Who owns the site?
Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre is owed by three investor groups: Greystone, CBC Pension Fund, and HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan). The Shopping Centre has been managed and operated by Morguard since 1994.
How is the public being involved in the planning process?
The Connect Bonnie Doon process has been created to ensure area residents, tenants and the general public have the opportunity to contribute to plans for the redevelopment of the site. The process will take place over the next year (January to September 2018), and is organized in four phases.
- In phase 1, the focus is the five planning principles and vision that will guide redevelopment of the site. Thoughts and ideas on these principles are welcome.
- In phase 2, the initial design concepts will be available for review. Feedback on the proposed public spaces and amenities will be sought during this phase.
- Phase 3 will focus on the zoning and planning requirements for the redevelopment. All comments and thoughts are welcome.
- Phase 4 will include public hearings at Edmonton City Council in September 2018.
After each phase, the project team will report back to the community to outline how public feedback has influenced the plan development.
How can I provide input?
During each of the four phases of engagement, the public can visit the Inspiration Centre in the mall to read the plan, learn more and talk to the project team. In the first phase, project team members will be at the storefront Thursdays to Saturdays during regular mall hours and at selected times throughout the engagement process. Open houses in conjunction with the City of Edmonton are scheduled for each phase, and the project team is also reachable via telephone (780.900.8729), email and social media.
Online surveys will also be an important part of the process. The Phase 1 online survey can be found here.
How will you distribute density on the site?
The majority of new density and land use mix will likely be located less than 400 metres from the Bonnie Doon LRT station.
Why put density in this area?
Transit Oriented Development guidelines establish central hubs, like the one that will be located in Bonnie Doon. Those hubs are targeted for increased density. The goal is to create livable, diverse and welcoming urban villages where people can live, work and play.
The Edmonton Metropolitan Region and City of Edmonton’s planning documents (including the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan and the Municipal Development Plan) encourage increased density in the city’s core, in mature communities, and in areas that are located near transit services. The Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre site meets all those guidelines.
Will we still have access to major retailers like Safeway during construction?
Yes. Plans are in place to ensure major retailers like Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart and Liquor Depot will remain open for the duration of the planning and construction process.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
What is transit oriented development?
Transit oriented development principles encourage higher density residential housing, retail and commercial offerings close to major transit hubs. The Bonnie Doon Station will be completed by 2020, and most of the planned residential density will be within 600 metres of that station.
What does transit oriented development mean for the site?
Because of the close proximity to major transit hubs, the site will include a concentration of retail and commercial offerings, as well as diverse housing options. The site planning goal with TOD is to create a compact urban village that is walkable, vibrant and inviting, and provides convenient access to a wide range of transportation options and amenities in the community and beyond.
Will the planned redevelopment require any changes in zoning?
Yes. The exact nature of those zoning changes won’t be clear until phase 2 of the engagement process is complete, and the initial designs are close to being finalized.
Will the development concept ensure the community has access to green space?
Yes. Morguard’s intent is to ensure the development concept has appropriate publicly accessible open space to support a vibrant and healthy community. These publicly accessible open spaces may be used by residents and visitors alike and may be programmed to include recreation opportunities.
What is being done to protect the environment?
Morguard is committed to using resources responsible, and will achieve LEED certification in all new buildings.